If there’s one thing that springs to mind when you think of London, it’s the city’s fair share of beautifully Instagrammable spots that the world of social media goes crazy for. In our digital world, one trend that has increased in recent years is the obsession with food photography, also known as #FoodPorn.
It has now become the normality to sit and eagerly await your order, but not to eat, to document it with an aesthetically pleasing, filter perfect, Instagram post. By the time it’s passed its spec check and is ready to post, the food is often too cold to eat! If you’re a foodie travelling to London, be sure to check our guide to the best restaurants in the city and visit some of these top Instagrammable food spots.
Starting out as a bespoke wedding and celebration cake business, the delicately crafted cupcakes weren’t staying a secret for long once Instagram had its hands on them. Peggy Porschen is now renowned for its irresistibly pretty and elegant designs that are the ultimate definition of visually aesthetic.
Pretty in pink covered flowers, the only thing that’s sweeter than the décor itself is the cake. Everything Peggy makes is presented beautifully such as the house blend teas that are served in pastel cups to match the décor. Each slice of cake looks almost like a cartoon, fresh out of a magazine page.
In more recent years, the cake shop has become increasingly popular thanks to a surge in visitors from Instagram and the influx of cake photography. Peggy’s Parlour attracts so much attention in film and photography that you can book a consultation with Peggy herself for a professional photo shoot.
To make the most of your visit, it is recommended that you visit Peggy’s earlier in the day, just after open, this way you can snap your pics in front of the pretty backdrop without the risk of strangers unintentionally photobombing! Be sure to grab the best seat in the parlour (outside, facing the street) for best results on “the gram”.
Cereal Killer Café
Cereal Killer Café is a hot spot for Instagram-worthy shots, hosting an array of vibrantly coloured British and US cereal favourites, that you can play around with. From peanut butter toast crunch flakes and Maltesers to coco-pops and happy hippos, the choices are boundless. There are also 13 different milk to choose from ranging from standard milk to premium chocolate milk, the combinations are endless.
If the colourful bowels of sugary joy and mounds of chocolate aren’t enough for your Instagram feed, the nostalgic 90s childhood décor should make up for it. With walls of endless cereal boxes, 90s collectables and marvel memorabilia, you are sure to capture something cool for the gram.
Bubble Wrap Waffle London
With a hoard of foodies queuing to get their hands and camera on the sweet egg waffle cone, it is no surprise this delicious delight has taken the world of Instagram by storm.
With the aim to create a memorable eating experience, Bubblewrap dessert parlour is undoubtedly the place to go for an Instagram worth treat. Renowned in Hong Kong as the most famous street snacks, Bubble wrap brings you egg-shaped waffles piled high with lashings of delicious toppings.
Begin by picking your waffle base from a choice of plain, chocolate or Matcha. The waffle is then made into a cone shape which you pack with an array of weird and wonderful fillings. Choose from a vast selection of finger-licking toppings such as strawberry cheesecake or pistachio ice-cream topped with chocolate stars and a gooey salted caramel sauce. Be sure to snap it before you tuck in!
Yolkin, simplified as an ice-cream sandwich shop, is a new Asian inspired dessert shop in Chinatown, famous for selling macaron ice-cream sandwiches. Each sandwich is so beautifully crafted with a pallet of delicate pastel shades and vibrant patterns that look almost too good to eat. Flavours include red velvet, cinnamon bun, snickers, blueberry cheesecake, apple crumble, salted caramel brownie, banoffee pie, Horlicks, chai tea… the list goes on… and on.
Yolkin’s popularity increase dramatically when the macaron sandwiches became big on social media, people couldn’t resist the vibrant colours and the satisfyingly sculpted shape. For the perfect Instagram, be sure to indulge in a variety of flavours and textures.
Bringing the most popular patisserie item to London, Maitre Choux specialises in the éclair, but no ordinary éclair. Each éclair is designed and presented with a Michelin star feel, crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, filled with a variety of delicious cream flavours. What makes Maitre Choux unique, and perfect for Instagram is the extravagant toppings and intricate detailing that gives each éclair a fancy and high-end aesthetic.
Whether you eat the éclair or just marvel at its beauty, Maitre Choux is well worth a visit.
Store your bags in London with Stasher
If you have some time to kill before your flight or checking-in to your hotel, then it’s a great idea to find a luggage storage location near you where you can securely leave your bags. Not only will this make your life much more comfortable, but it will also leave you hands-free for more London Instagram material.
This article was contributed by Poppy Jones, a a recent graduate who plans to start her own travel blog that covers all things related to food/travel.